Winning the toss and electing to bat, the ‘Canes shuffled the order, placing Caleb Jewell in the opening position alongside Ben McDermott.
The move immediately seemed a good one as McDermott continued his red hot form, smashing his first six of the innings within a couple of overs. Jewell got his eye in before finding the rope himself, and the ‘Canes navigated the powerplay safely at 0-27.
Sadly, some clever bowling from Daniel Sams removed Ben McDermott in the very next over, bringing Matthew Wade to the crease. Despite missing the past two games, Wade showed no signs of rust, playing confidently and bringing the boundary into play right from the off.
A dropped catch gave Wade a reprieve with the ‘Canes at 1-52, but it was Jewell who struck the next blow, with a pair of confident pull shots that kept the scoreboard ticking over. At the drinks break, the powerful left handers were building a solid partnership, and had the ‘Canes in great shape at 1-87.
The onslaught continued after the break – Wade powered the ball to the boundary in the eleventh over before Jewell went crazy off the bowling of Husnain. The Tasmanian smashed a six, followed by two fours off the paceman, before bringing up his 50 in the next over with another maximum.
Sadly, he was to be removed next ball for an excellent 51 that included 5 fours and 3 sixes. At 2-118, the ‘Canes were in a terrific position, but unfortunately, there was to be a collapse that brought the game right back to the Thunder.
Short, David, Handscomb and Thompson all fell for less than 10 runs within the space of four overs, as Matthew Wade played a lone hand to keep the total moving north while players fell around him. The captain brought up a measured 50 that grew in importance as the innings progressed, and at 6-140, was joined by Mitch Owen.
The young Tasmanian played a supporting role as Wade steadied the ship, and while the 200 that the ‘Canes may have thought they could post was no longer a reality, the skipper ensured that the total was north of 175 when all was said and done.
Finishing on 6-177, the Hurricanes had something to defend, and Wade finished on an unbeaten 83 – a true captain's performance that included 10 boundaries, and excellent game sense.
Needing early wickets, the ‘Canes couldn’t have asked for a better start as Meredith removed Matthew Gilkes in the very first over. But that was to be the only highlight for the Hurricanes in a powerplay that quickly turned into a nightmare, as Alex Hales and Jason Sangha took complete control.
A flurry of boundaries and some loose bowling saw the Thunder at 1-56 at the end of the powerplay, the most expensive in the BBL this season. A shift in momentum was desperately needed, and Jordan Thompson provided removing Hales with help from Tom Rogers.
Daniel Sams joined Jason Sangha and continued the good work for the Thunder, pushing the total past 90 before Thompson struck again, trapping Sangha LBW with a very clever delivery to have the Thunder 3-92.
From there the Hurricanes exploded thanks to a ferocious 12th over from Riley Meredith. The paceman knocked over the middle stump of Ollie Davies before clean bowling Ben Cutting with the very next ball. On a hat-trick, new man Baxter Holt barely kept out a vicious yorker, but the joy continued for the Hurricanes in the next over, when D’Arcy Short had Daniel Sams caught behind.
Now at 6-102, momentum had suddenly swung the way of the Hurricanes. New man Nathan McAndrew managed to give some hope back to the Thunder with a quickfire knock, but Sandeep Lamichhane struck at the perfect time to put Hobart back in control.
The spinner had Holt and McAndrew both caught in the deep off Jewell to wrestle any real hope away from the Thunder, and Jordan Thompson made sure of it when he took his third wicket in the second last over.
At the end of the innings, the Thunder were 9-168, giving Hobart a memorable nine run victory that could provide real momentum heading into the pointy end of the season.
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